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Welcoming Goat Year Spring

Update: 19/02/2015
Once again, a spring comes back to the country of Vietnam, the spring of Maitreya in Dharma full of joy and peace. The warm spring sunshine dispels the slightly cold atmosphere of last days of winter; Hoang Phap jubilantly welcomed thousands of Buddhists from everywhere coming here to offer incense to worship the Buddha, pray for a new year full of peace, joy and happiness to all people and families.
 

Welcoming Goat Year Spring

 

Prajna Drum sounding began a prosperous new year in the\r\ncombination of the thrilling lion dance drumming and joyful sounds of people\r\ntogether saying wishes for the beginning of the year: “Myriad things go\r\naccording.”

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Pagodas are places for peace and tranquility. With the hope\r\nof seeking for peace, relieving sorrow, worry in the old year, and praying for\r\nlucky, happy things in the new year, everybody calls for each other and goes to\r\npagodas, picks buds and young leaves to pray for luck. As usual, thousands of\r\npeople from everywhere came to Hoang Phap pagoda to attend New Year’s Eve\r\nCeremony to welcome At Mui Lunar New Year – 2015. The old year recently passed\r\nand the new year has come; in the sacred moments of New Year’s Eve, everybody\r\ngathered together to review the bygones and wish for the best things in a new\r\nyear for themselves, families and society.

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Then, in the transitional moments, at the very beginning of\r\nthe new year, according to the tradition of venerating teacher and morality, on\r\nbehalf of leaving-home and at-home Buddhists, Junior Ven. Thich Tam Dao\r\nrespectfully offered to Monks some words to wish longevity and asked the Monks\r\nto grant Buddhists some things about the milk of Dharma which nourishes the\r\nspiritual nature. On the occasion of At Mui Spring, the Monks sincerely prayed\r\nto the Triratna for blessing Monks to have impermanence of the body and mind,\r\nsuccess in Buddhist affairs, blessing all Buddhists and their families to be\r\npeaceful and happy.

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In the New Year’s Eve Ceremony, through the fable named\r\n“Looking for the Sun-God,” he advised people about viewpoint of happiness in\r\nour life. Happiness is a wish of all people, but without a true recognizing,\r\nnot everybody can get that. The male character in the story he told shows that\r\nhappiness is simple, so near and yet so far. We usually say: “A bird in the\r\nhand is worth two in the bush”, happiness is right here, in front of us, but we\r\ndo not feel it and still look for it. There are many happy things coming to us\r\nevery day, but we cannot recognize it. Happiness is when we have six senses, in\r\nwhich we should know and cultivate in Dharma teachings of the Tathagata. These\r\nare the happiness things that we should respect to have a complete happiness in\r\nthe present as well as in the future.

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Then, right in the New Year’s Eve, Bao An and Huyen Tran\r\noffered to the Monks and Buddhists some songs to welcome the spring.

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In the endless joy of first moments of the new year, all\r\nBuddhists in turn received new year’s presents from the Abbot Senior Venerable\r\nand Monks in the pagoda.

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Below are taken pictures:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Translated into English by Huynh Thi Thao.

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